Don’t yell at me. I know I have been a terrible procrastinator with blogging. Things are busy but that’s no excuse. Here will be my final update from Capetown and even this won’t do it the justice it deserves. As you are already aware, Barry Corrigan was a Worldwide Winner for his work in the Community section. I also want to take the time to congratulate Jan Webb from Weston Village Primary School for her winning work “Classroom Without Walls”.
Shout invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues.
Connect online to interact with experts in the field, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world who, like you, are committed to solving environmental challenges. Shout gives participants a framework for success, with resources and tools for exercising social responsibility while building the 21st-century skills of collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking. When students are connected through technology and empowered to build activities in their own way the learning experience extends far beyond the four walls of a classroom. Check out the participants on the map and take your own stand in making the world a better place. Now that’s something to Shout about!
The Shout program offers:
• Online events hosted by the Smithsonian Institution that feature some of the world’s leading scientists and environmental experts as well as representatives of other fields who bring diverse perspectives to the issues at hand. Sessions can be watched live in real time or in archived format in order to accommodate all time zones.
• Access to Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network, a global community of educators who value innovative uses of information and communication technology, in order to share environmental education resources, experiences, and best practices with teachers around the world.
• Engagement of students in TakingITGlobal’s online community, which provides resources, action tools, as well as the complimentary use of content-rich virtual classrooms and collaboration spaces designed to deepen environmental understanding and stewardship, enhance the development of 21st century skills, and facilitate continued communication with Smithsonian experts.
• A web portal that ties these elements together and provides access to additional tools and resources to support a range of “student challenges” – calls for deeper involvement that can range from capturing and sharing scientific data to developing youth-led initiatives for positive change.
Together, these components support a number of environmentally-themed “Shouts” to frame our understanding of our relationships and interactions with the natural world: Live, Study, Change, Sustain, Value and Celebrate. Each Shout connects students and teachers to a live event, teacher networking, and student collaborations focused around a specific theme, and presents students with challenges designed to deepen their learning and engagement. Shout is at once a program framework and a call to action. Join us and make your voice heard.